Saturday, September 04, 2010

Kicked-Up Gazpacho

I posted a wonderful gazpacho recipe yesterday. It's fantastic as is. But that's not to stay that it couldn't be even better. Let's explore....

Additional Spices and Flavors
Now I wouldn't throw all of these in at once, but here are a few things you could throw in to amp up the spice and or flavor of the soup.
  • Diced jalapeno-Enough said.
  • Cayenne pepper-A little goes a long way, but this definitely turns up the temperature.
  • Smoked paprika-This classic Spanish ingredient will take your taste buds right to Andalucia.
  • Lime or lemon juice-If you're like me, a squeeze of acidity gives things just the right bright touch.
  • Tequila-Don't laugh. It's not quite a cocktail...just a high-octane soup. And an aged 100% agave tequila gives a beautiful richness to the taste profile.


Here are a few things you could throw on top of the soup for added decadence and texture.

  • Cooked crab meat
  • Steamed or grilled shrimp
  • Toasted sliced almonds
  • A crumble of goat cheese
  • Diced avocado
  • Tiny diced celery
  • Mini toasted croutons
  • Slivers of Spanish jamon, baked until crispy
  • I've even seen it topped with minced hard-boiled egg.

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